Athletics: Jurek wins second consecutive ultra-marathon race
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SPARTA, Greece (AFP) — American Scott Jurek won the 245.3km ultra-marathon Spartathlon race here on Saturday for the second year in a row.
The 33-year-old from Seattle timed 23hr 12min 14sec.
Last year he clocked 22:52:13.
The race traces the classical route of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
The Spartathlon is one of the world’s most gruelling races, running over rough tracks and muddy paths, crossing vineyards and olive groves, steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, the 1,200m ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This year’s race started at the Acropolis in Athens on Friday and ended in the southern Greek town of Sparta.
A record 323 runners participated in the 25th edition of the race.
The top 10 finishers:
1. Scott Jurek (USA) 23:12 2. Piotr Kyrulo (POL) 24:29 3. Valmir Nunes (BRA) 25:37 4. Jens Lukas (GER) 25:48 5. Markus Thalmann (AUS) 26:34 6. Eusebio Bochons (ESP) 27:40 7. Nobumi Iwamoto (JPN) 28:17 8. Takehiro Matsushita (JPN) 28:36 9. William Sichel (GBR) 29:01 10. Ryoichi Sato (JPN) 29:25